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19:43 28th August 2010

It's A Tie With The Toon

Wolves 1 (Ebanks-Blake 43)

Newcastle United 1 (Carroll 62)

Mick McCarthy's 200th game in charge of Wolves finished the same way as his first - in a one all draw. It was on the south coast at Plymouth that Mick began his reign but it was Newcastle, a team from the other end of the country, that took a point away from Molineux after a feisty contest that heralded 12 bookings.

Jelle Van Damme returned at left back in place of George Elokobi as the only change to the team that had started at Everton.

The first chance of the game fell to Andy Carroll but Marcus Hahnemann had little difficulty in saving the striker's header following a Wayne Routledge centre.

There was a much more serious threat to the home goal after Jonas Gutierrez had danced past two midfield challenges. He slipped the ball to Routledge who ran to the by-line before hitting a low cross that went behind Joey Barton.

Hahnemann and Carroll were then spoken to by the referee after the keeper had taken exception to the striker's aerial challenge

Van Damme failed to clear a long ball into the box and Kevin Nolan had two attempts to force the ball home before Hahnemann claimed.

On 22 minutes Doyle turned his marker on the halfway line and set off on what would have been an unchallenged path for goal only to be halted by the referee, who for a reason only known to him, then booked the Irishman.

It was one of a number of decisions by Stuart Attwell that weren't exactly endearing him to the fans of either side.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake won Wolves' first corner of the game off Fabricio Coloccini and it almost led to the opening goal. Dave Jones lifted over the flag-kick and Ebanks-Blake rose at the far post to send a bullet header against the post. The ball bounced out to Doyle who was wide with a low shot from the edge of the box.

Newcastle keeper Steve Harper needed treatment to a bloody nose after he had collided with team-mate Nolan in attempting to clear a Jones corner.

Van Damme was booked for a late challenge on Gutierrez and he was followed into the book by Carroll, for dissent, after he had blasted a first time shot high over the bar after a cross from Nolan.

Wolves moved into a 43rd minute lead through Ebanks-Blake who volleyed home after he had won the battle with James Perch for Van Damme's cross from the right (pictured).

Carroll headed wide as the visitors looked for an immediate response before the half closed with a booking for Matt Jarvis for fouling Barton, andan unproductive corner form Jones.

Half-time: Wolves 1 Newcastle 0

Barton needed treatment after a hard, but fair tackle from Karl Henry who clearly won the ball.

Five minutes into the half Wolves looked to have won a penalty after Jarvis was tripped by Perch as he ran into the box. It looked certain spot kick but the referee decided otherwise and awarded a goal kick.

Van Damme was replaced by Ronald Zubar who was on the field for just five minutes before he saw yellow after a tackle on Gutierrez. From the free-kick conceded Newcastle drew level. Barton pumped the ball into the box and Carroll powered a header past Hahnemann.

Nolan almost struck grabbed a second as he hit a fierce drive, after a Routledge centre, forcing Hahnemann to parry with Jody Craddock clearing at the expense of a corner.

Doyle and Jones were replaced by Steven Fletcher and Adlene Guedioura respectively for the final 20 minutes. Guedioura soon lost possession allowing Newcastle to break through Nolan but Barton fired high and wide after taking a pass from his captain.

Guedioura then went into the book after a clumsy challenge on Barton.

A superb piece of work by Stephen Ward denied Newcastle the lead in the 82nd minute. Barton lifted a free-kick into the area and substitute Shola Ameobi headed the ball across goal towards Nolan who was about to net from close range when Ward nipped in to smash the ball behind.

Christophe Berra, for a foul on Routledge, Henry for a challenge on Barton, and Ameobi for a tackle on Kevin Foley, joined the long list of bookings.

Perch fouled Jarvis to the left of the box and was booked for his troubles. The winger took the free-kick himself and the ball was headed out as far as Guedioura who was wide with his shot from 20-yards.The 12th and final booking came in stoppage time when Barton was cautioned after catching Foley.

Wolves: Hahnemann, Foley, Van Damme (Zubar 62), Jones (Guedioura 72), Berra, Craddock, Jarvis, Henry (capt), Ebanks-Blake, Doyle (Fletcher 72), Ward.

Unused subs: Edwards, Stearman, Hennessey, Mancienne.

Bookings: Doyle (22 - foul), Van Damme (38 - foul), Jarvis (45 - foul), Zubar (61 - foul),Guedioura (80 - foul), Berra (82 - foul), Henry (84 - foul).

Newcastle: Harper, Coloccini, Enrique, Nolan (capt), Williamson, Barton, Carroll (Ameobi 81), Routledge, Perch, Smith, Gutierrez.

Unused subs: Lovenkrands, Taylor, Krul, Kadar, Vuckic, Ranger.

Bookings: Carroll (41 - dissent), Nolan (64 - foul), Ameobi (88 - foul), Perch (90 - foul), Barton (90 - foul).

Referee: S. Attwell.

Attendance: 27,745.

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